The tour starts at Exeter Railway Station, which is a two hour direct train from London Paddington. We jump on the bus to take us to the most beautiful beaches in England – Woolacombe and Croyde. Walk along the South Coast Path either on the beach or the paths above and towards Barnstaple and the end of the days walk. Accommodation for the night is in the beautiful village of Hatherleigh and the famous George.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
Named after the otter in the book by Henry Williamson, the off road Tarka Trail is a delicious 33 miles into the heart of North Devon. We start in Bideford, and walk alongside the ocean and the Taw and Torridge Estuary before gently climbing through the idyllic valleys, stopping for lunch at the old railway station and home to Puffing Billy (an old steam train) and then gently downhill to the end of the walk. We again stay and ending again at the George in Hatherleigh. This walk is consistently voted the most beautiful Active England walk!
Mileage: 5-7 miles
We head off on Granite Trail, with spectacular views of Dartmoor, through the old Granite mines and then gently downhill to the village of Lydford. On to Tavistock where we break for lunch we the join Drake’s Trail (Sir Francis Drake, famous for defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588) for a gentle downhill walk, with Dartmoor again on the left, to the famous naval Port of Plymouth.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
In the morning we jump in the bus and travel 45 minutes to the intricate tramways of Cornwall’s tin mines past the country town of Truro and onto the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for it’s spectacular light and as a haven for painters over the last few hundred years, and now home the Tate Modern, St Ives is truly magnificent. We lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and have plenty of time to walk around the town before returning to the Rose Vale hotel for the evening.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
A morning transfer into Cornwall of just over an hour, we arrive at the famous Bodmin where we join the magnificent Camel Trail, and a walk into the foody heaven and quaint town of Padstow for lunch at the famous Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop. After catching the ferry over the Camel to Rock we will visit the archetypal Cornish villages of Port Issac and Boscastle before heading back to and our accommodation for the night.
Mileage: 4-9 miles
We transfer the few miles to the King Arthur inspired Tintagel, with its not to be missed castle perched on the dramatic cliffs. The legend of King Arthur and Merlin’s Cave is strong and the walk across the bridge and onto the castle is awe-inspiring. We then transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours). Guests are welcome to travel back in the support vehicle but the train is the preferred and more comfortable option.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
Guests stay in the best 3* hotels in the South West region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for the Port Gaverne Hotel. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs. This tour includes four dinners.
Our walks differ from almost every other type of walking tour – we call it “walk in walking”. Each day you will be transported close to an iconic point of interest e.g. St Ives and you will be able to literally walk directly into the town. The transfers are free, in the morning and afternoon and allow our guests to immerse themselves in England’s iconic places. Transfers are on average 30 minutes, with no one journey over 45 minutes.
Walk as much or as little as you like as there are options to suit all ages and abilities. Every day guest will be able to shorten the walk if required ensuring guests only need to walk the miles that suit them.
And if you need picking up, then, no problem, we are always on hand to help. A support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times.
Guides are local experts in history, heritage, flora and fauna. They know every gate, style and pub!